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    Farmers' Market Fridays

    by lmkluque Written Jul 13, 2013

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    Fridays are the days for the Farmers' Market in I.B. they have two schedules, Winter, starting in October: 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Summer, starting in April: 12:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a typical small town Market and quite well attended by the locals and probably some of the people staying at the near-by hotels. Each stand offers, fresh locally grown vegetables, fruits or local arts and crafts. There is usually some form of family entertainment also.

    The Farmers' Market is held at Portwood Pier Plaza surrounding the Surfhenge Sculpture. It is one of the best Farmers Market venues I've yet to see, the ocean breeze keeping things fresh, places to sit and have a picnic from things purchased from the venders, some sort of music to hear and then a lovely stroll up the Pier or along the beach.

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    More Art in Imperial Beach

    by lmkluque Written Jun 6, 2013

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    Along the west end of Palm Avenue, a few blocks from the beach there are red metal poles on the sidewalk. At first they look weird and they each have a number attached to them. Look a little closer, they are surfboard outlines. They are different shapes and sizes and the number indicates the year they were popularly in use.

    The whole area around the Pier is an outdoor surfing museum. The benches are made of old surfboards and under each are plaques telling about the history of surfers and surfing in Imperial Beach. There is an indoor surfboard museum at the Lifeguard Station, so stop in for a look at some pretty impressive surfboards.

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    Why Not a Walk of Discovery?

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 6, 2013

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    Along the west end of Palm Avenue, a few blocks from the beach there are red metal poles on the sidewalk. At first they look weird and they each have a number attached to them. Look a little closer, they are surfboard outlines. They are different shapes and sizes and the number indicates the year they were popularly in use.

    At the end of Palm, just before reaching the ocean there is a statue in bronze, "The Spirit of Imperial Beach." A surfer and children on a fantasy sand castle.

    Next, about a block or so on Seacoast Drive look west down the side street just before the beach, there you'll see "Sea and Sky" a metal structure of a wave and wings of a bird. Then on Seacoast Drive at Dunes Park is, "Ocean Riders" three dolphins riding a wave.

    Of course, at Portwood Pier Plaza is the oldest of IB's art works, "Surfhenge" also at the Pier Plaza is a mosaic tile along the seawall, it is called, "Illuminations" and was created to complement Surfhenge.

    Last and though it may seem least too, I think it's quite intriguing. I don't know the artist or the actual name of it and I came upon it quite by accident. It is located at the west end of Imperial Beach Boulevard (just west of Seacoast Drive) I call it, "Art." Take a look at the fourth and fifth photos here. The fourth photo is what I originally saw and thought so weird. Later on I noticed it coming head-on and the fifth photo shows what it turned out to be. Can you see it? It says, "ART."

    Sorry, the fifth photo is not very good and I'll replace it as soon as I can.

    Update:

    I have since replaced the old photo with a better one.

    Sea and Sky Ocean Riders What the heck is this? Oh! Clever!
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    Take the kids to Dunes Park

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 11, 2012

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    Dunes Park is about a block north of the Pier and it is geared more for younger kids. Of course anyone can spend time there and it is a popular place to hold parties, play volleyball, horseshoes or just have a picnic or a big party. Warning: if you plan a party there of 25 or more people, call the number below to get the proper permit.

    There is a play structure for the little ones a basketball hoop for the bigger ones and plenty of places to sit, even on the grass. Just to the west of the park is the ocean, so there's that too.

    At the moment a hotel is being built just south of the park so there are a few unsightly spots, but when you're having fun it's not so noticable. There are a couple of restaurants near and the Surf Hut is not far either.

    Dunes Park is open between 7:00 am and 10:00 pm

    Dunes Park Art In IB Rest Area Construction next to Dunes Park
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    Tijuana River Valley Regional Park!

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    Originally this was a tip for Sandy's Horseback Riding Stables where you could rent a horse and ride to the beach or go a moonlight ride. Unfortunately, Sandy's has gone out of business. Guess the secret was too well kept.

    I hated the idea of deleting this tip as there was something about the whole area that I liked. I guess it's the "back-country" aspect. Horse stables everywhere you look, trails leading out of sight and just plain, unadorned country (California desert country that is) living out this way.

    This whole area down Hollister Street, and a few other streets is filled with various horse stables, where you can visit for your "horse" fix. They do offer lessons, but I think those lessons take place over a space of weeks and may not be useful to a tourist.

    I asked at a few of the stables if they rented horses and each said, "No."

    However, I'm not convinced that it would be impossible to find someone willing to rent out their horse to a fellow horse lover, but no promises.

    This section of IB is called the Tijuana River Valley--as The Slough is called the Tijuana Slough and the estuary is called the Tijuana Estuary--because it borders the Tijuana and the Tijuana River.

    While checking the area out, I did see what looked like place for showing horses and competitions which might be of interest. It was the Equestrian Staging Area and part of the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park that might be worth your attention.

    Dense riparian forests and maritime sage, habitat for an array of birds, butterflies and insects, can be seen while hiking or riding through the extensive system of equestrian trails.

    At this park you'll also find, a Little League Baseball Field, a Bird and Butterfly Garden, picnic tables, a Community Garden and a Visitor Center. The Park Ranger's office is located at 2721 Monument Road, which is at the south end of Hollister Street then turn east/left.

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    Tijuana Esturary

    by lmkluque Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    A marshy area in South IB that is a wildlife refuge and not really impressive at first sight. However, when one realizes that no less than twelve agencies cooperate in protecting this marsh, one wonders. The agencies include Federal, State, City, County, Scientific and International commissions.

    So, what makes the California State Parks, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Coastal Commission, California Coastal Conservancy, City of Imperial Beach, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (SWIA), United States Border Patrol, and the United States Navy want to protect this marshy stretch of land between Imperial Beach and Tijuana?

    The answer to this question can be found at the Tijuana Estuary.

    The humble building seems to melt into the landscape. Yet it's populated with trained doecents happy and ready to share their knowledge about the area and especially about the importance of the Tijuana Esturary.

    When I was young, this whole area was nothing but a dumping ground. Not an official "dump-site" but a place people would throw away almost anything. In 1977 a grassroots effort stopped the building of a Marina here to protect the endangered flora & fauna. Not only were they successful in stopping progress, they also restored the salt-marsh to it's original condition.

    The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm and offers interactive displays, films, lectures, trail walks all without charge. Of course any donation is appreciated. They'll even lend you a pair of binoculars if you've forgotten yours. They have a modest shop and books, T-shirts and that sort of thing and the proceeds go to maintaning the Esturary.

    At the far west end of the Esturary, on Seacoast Drive there is a viewing platform and bridge to walk over the marsh for a better look at things without disturbing the marsh. Just outside the Visitor Center are trails that can be walked.

    Warning!

    The fine for going off the trail is very big. I don't know how much it is now, but quite a few years ago it was $1,000.00.

    Protecting the Marshes in I.B.! Viewing Bridge South View Viewing Bridge East View to Visitor Center Visitor Center West View
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    Luxuriant vegetation

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 19, 2006

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    You can admire really luxuriant vegetation walking around City of Imperial beach.
    As I know it's rather dry area at least in summer time - who pay for watering all these plants that time? A city? = tax payers? Me when I pay sale taxes? :-)

    From LINDA (lmkluque):
    The "luxuriant vegetation" in and around San Diego usually needs little watering?except for the grass?most landscaping is created to use minimal water besides natural rainfall. So, the owner of the land pays for the watering. If
    the owner of the land is the city, county, state or Federal Government then the tax payers?and tourists?pay for watering.
    THANK YOU Linda :-).

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    Residential areas

    by matcrazy1 Updated Oct 19, 2006

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    Go/walk/drive outside a downtown and other tourist points of interest to see huge residential areas mixed with many business areas. Look at architecture of their houses, yards full of flowers, palm trees, various (exotic for me) trees, bushes, fruits etc.

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